History and museums
İstanbul Modern, aka Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, (Turkish: İstanbul Modern Sanat Müzesi) is a museum of contemporary art in the Beyoğlu district of Istanbul, Turkey. Inaugurated on December 11, 2004, the museum prominently features the work of Turkish artists. The chief curator of the museum is Levent Çalıkoglu, and the chair of the board of directors is Oya Eczacıbaşı.
The museum is located on the Bosphorus in a converted warehouse in the Tophane neighborhood with spectacular views of Istanbul that was repurposed by Tabanlıoğlu Architects.
İstanbul Modern features exhibition space on two floors: work from the museum's permanent collection, as well as a shop and restaurant, are located on the top floor, while temporary exhibitions are located on the lower floor, along with a cinema and arts library.
The permanent collection features work by Turkish painters from the late 19th through 21st centuries including Hoca Ali Riza ("Landscape"), Migurdic Givanian ("Istanbul"), Nuri Iyem ("Peasant Women"), Hekmit Onat, Nurullah Berk, Burhan Dogançay ("Muhtesem Cag"), Nedim Gunsur, and Omer Uluc ("1 Man,4 Women"). It also includes work by non-Turkish artists, including Tony Cragg, Julian Opie, and Monica Bonvicini ("Stairway to Hell"). Contemporary video works include films by Hale Tenger Canan ("Exemplary"), and Sukran Moral ("Bordello").